Career outlook for freight forwarder
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would organise how to move goods and cargo around the UK and overseas. You’d plan the best ways to transport the cargoes by road, rail, air and sea for your customers.
You would work with various carriers – the companies that provide transport services – and work out the time and costs of getting goods from one place to another.
- Arrange routes and schedules
- Book cargo space with carriers
- Negotiate the rates
- Arrange insurance
- Calculate weight, volume and cost of goods to be moved
- Record details on a computer system
- Clear goods through customs and arrange for any duties or taxes to be paid
You’d liaise with your customers to agree contracts, deliver quotations and invoices and give advice about the arrangements that have been made. You’d also do general administrative tasks such as filing.
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